'The Nineteen-Seventies': Summary for Presentation to the Accident Compensation Symposium

34 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 239, 2003

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper 73/2015

10 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2013 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

After the Woodhouse Commission delivered its Report, more conventional political considerations surrounded its progress toward legislative enactment. The stunning replacement of common law stood at the core of reform, but the nature of the alternative scheme remained open to debate. It took six years, multiple cabinet reports and committee procedures, and political compromises amidst a change in government before the legislation took effect in 1974. In this article, one of the central players from this period reflects on the political environment leading up to enactment, and describes how the ultimate legislation modified aspects of the original Woodhouse vision.

Keywords: Woodhouse Report, ACC, accident compensation, New Zealand accident compensation

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, 'The Nineteen-Seventies': Summary for Presentation to the Accident Compensation Symposium (2003). 34 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 239, 2003; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper 73/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2204739

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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